Judge Lifts Driver License Suspension of Former Astronaut Charged in Deadly Accident

A judge in Tuscaloosa has delayed the driver license suspension of a former astronaut charged in the traffic deaths of two girls.

Records show the court delayed the state’s move to take James Halsell’s driver’s license. An order issued earlier this month says the one-time space shuttle commander can keep his license until his case is resolved.

The Huntsville man is awaiting trial on reckless murder charges in the deaths of two girls killed in a wreck in June. Troopers suspended Halsell’s license claiming he refused a blood test after the crash, a claim that Halsell denies.

Hallsell went to court seeking a court review of the state’s decision to suspend his license for two years. He claimed the department denied him a fair hearing of the decision.

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